Planning expert Noreen McDonald presents the next Hyde lecture

Planning expert Noreen McDonald presents the next Hyde lecture

By Kerry McCulloug...

February 24, 2020


The College of Architecture is excited to announce Noreen McDonald, city and regional planning department chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be giving the next Hyde lecture titled " Changing Technology, Changing Travel: Thinking About Our Transport Future” at 4 p.m., February 28th, at the Nebraska Union Auditorium.

For this lecture, McDonald will explore the different technological advances which have given communities new ways to travel, shop and interact. The rapid appearance of new mobility options means the impacts on travel, safety and community design are poorly understood. But experts expect these impacts to be substantial. This talk will use health as a lens to explore these changes and identify opportunities to promote equitable mobility.

McDonald also holds the Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy. McDonald’s current work focuses on how changing technology impacts travel patterns and approaches to designing communities. She’s currently leading projects related to autonomous vehicles, Uber, Lyft and the rise of small package delivery. McDonald is also well-known for her work researching the impacts of investments in school and transportation infrastructure on road safety and public health. McDonald received her PhD from UC Berkeley in city planning and has an undergraduate degree from Harvard in engineering and chemistry.

This presentation is part of the College of Architecture’s 2019-2020 Hyde Lecture Series featuring speakers from across disciplines that are united under the common theme of “OUR WORK / YOUR WORK - Designing and Planning For Political Engagement”.

The college’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas that are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.